The restaurant Piz Gloria is the worlds first revolving mountain top restaurant. There are others in Switzerland now and we visited a couple of them. But Piz Gloria was the first. Construction was started in 1967 just before the James Bond film was made. The motion picture company drew up a contract with the builders to use the building for filming before they opened the restaurant. The producers agreed to finance a helicopter port for the restaurant as part of the contract.
There is a James Bond bar below the restaurant and a gift shop with every kind of James Bond souvineer you could want.
We were staying in Murren and did not discover this restaurant until our final night. The food was wonderful and the prices were moderate. This hotel is located just up the hill behind the Lauterbrauen train station. I would recommend trying the place it was GREAT!!!!
My wife was... er, I mean, we were very hungry, so the restaurant closest to the lift station won. In this case, it was Restaurant Alpenruh. There was plenty of outdoor seating along the cliff. The service was slow, the food was mediocre, the prices were as high as our lofty perch... but the views were enough to wow the most jaded Alp-aholic. Oh, and they had beer on tap, so I was happy. ;)
Favorite Dish: Roesti with ham, cheese and fried egg was the choice this time. Eggshells were included at no extra charge. The beer was a local Interlaken brew. It'll never be confused with Augustiner Edelstoff, but it was cold and fresh.
There is a revolving restaurant on top of Piz Gloria / Schilthorn and the best about it is the great alpine-panorama passing by your table automatically. The restaurant is not extremely expensive and when you are lucky to catch one of the rare seats at the window, why not spending some time there, having a meal and taking a Martini stirred, not shaken...
Favorite Dish: Well, why not tasting a Martini stirred, not shaken ??
Roest? - is similar to hash brown potatoes, but in Switzerland they have a special kind of preparation that you will not find anywhere else. Roesti is served with a fried egg, sometimes mushrooms, tomatoes or overbaked with cheese.
One last picture inside the restaurant. Here is Jim relaxing and enjoying the view after we finished lunch. I was surprised at the prices. I thought it would be very expensive but instead it was very reasonable. There is a sample menu at the web site I listed on the introduction page.
He we are, the guys in hats, sitting inside of Piz Gloria enjoying our meal. The restaurant makes a complete 360 degree rotation every hour. It was hard to eat because we kept watching the changing scenery. One good tip: Do not sit you camera or packages on the window sill. The restaurant moves but the sill is stationary and you will leave you possesions behind as the restaurant moves.